Nicki Minaj is coming to Jesy Nelson’s defense.
After releasing the video for his debut solo single “Boyz” on Friday, in which Nicki Minaj participates, the former member of the Little Mix she was accused of Blackfishing, a term that refers to when non-black people appropriate Afro culture, often in terms of appearance as well. Amidst the controversy, Jesy’s former Little Mix bandmates – Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards e Jade Thirlwall – they stopped following her on Instagram. However, in alleged Instagram DMs for the TikTok influencer NoHun, Leigh-Anne raised the Blackfishing charges and stated that Jesy blocked it.
Jesy addressed Blackfishing’s allegations in an interview with Vulture. “I am very aware that I am a white Brit; I never said it wasn’t,” she said, adding, “I take all comments seriously. I would never intentionally do something to appear racially ambiguous, so that’s why I was initially shocked that the term was aimed at me.”
While doing an Instagram live with Jesy on Monday, Minaj defended her collaborator on “Boyz” against the charges. “What we’re not going to allow is texting to try and ruin someone and tell people and influencers to badmouth this girl,” she said. “I know singers who tan a lot… It’s their business. It’s their right. It’s different when someone shows up and pretends to be black.”
She continued: “Unless a person to me is pretending they’re not a race they’re not and lying… and I could name a few people who lied to you and said there were certain things they’re not.” Without naming names, Nicki apparently attacked Leigh-Anne, with whom she collaborated on Little Mix’s 2018 single, “Woman Like Me.”
“Honey, get the text messages and shove it up your ass,” she said. “Because when you fuck up, I have to handle it and talk to you like you’re a clown. You don’t have to come and try to ruin anyone. Let her enjoy this moment. If you were in this woman’s group and you haven’t talked about this shit for 10 years and as soon as you see her come out on a song with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you’re texting and all that shit to the broadcasters. ”
“Print text messages, open your ass and shove that shit in there,” added Nicki. “And stop trying to hurt people and kill people’s lives and careers… If you want a solo career, little girl, just say it.”
For her part, Jesy told Nicki that she never intended to offend anyone and just wanted to celebrate her love of ’90s R&B. “Personally, I want to say that my intention was never to offend black people with this video and my music because , as I said, growing up as a girl, that’s the music I listened to,” she said. “These are the videos I watched and found the best ones. For me personally, 90s R&B was the best years in music. I just wanted to celebrate it. I just want to celebrate that the era of music is what I love.”
Birmingham Tik Tok personality NoHun just did a live ‘exposing’ Leigh-Anne for dms about Jesy after he posted a tik tok dancing to Boyz. Did Leigh lie??? I see only straight facts. pic.twitter.com/WA2OApH8ho
– Savic (@ItsSavlena) October 9, 2021